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Elephant Encounter: Wild Herd Incident Causes Highway Havoc in Malaysia

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 • Tamil Comments
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A group of wild elephants in Malaysia caused damage to a car traveling along a major highway after it collided with a baby elephant in their herd, local authorities reported on Monday.

The vehicle involved was a white Perodua Axia, driven by a 48-year-old man with his 23-year-old son and wife, as detailed by the Gerik Police in the Malay Peninsula.

They were en route from Penang island to Terengganu state around 7:35 p.m. local time on Sunday when the accident occurred amid drizzle and fog. The car hit the elephant calf while navigating a left bend on the highway, according to Gerik Police.

"The car struck the young elephant walking on the road with its herd," mentioned Zulkifli Mahmood, Chief Superintendent at Gerik District Police, adding that the calf collapsed after the collision.

Observing this, the other five elephants charged toward the vehicle, causing severe damage to it before leaving when the calf got up, Mahmood explained.

Though details weren't specific, the police statement didn't report any fatalities or major injuries among the family members in the car.

Images displayed extensive harm to the vehicle's front and sides, with smashed windows and collapsed side doors.

No updates were provided about the baby elephant's condition. Conservationists attribute these encounters to shrinking forest areas due to highway development, leading elephants to venture onto roads in search of food.

Local authorities urged drivers to be more cautious on highways due to the frequent presence of elephant herds. Despite warning signs, elephant-related accidents remain a concern in various regions.

Earlier instances included a baby elephant killed by a speeding car in 2017, and in separate incidents, elephants were sighted on highways, causing disruptions and collisions.

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